Squan officials discuss beach and water/sewer budgets

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MANASQUAN — Borough officials took a look at the preliminary beach and water-and-sewer budgets for 2021 during a budget workshop meeting on Saturday, March 13.

The borough’s total water-and-sewer budget this year is projected to be $3,379,693, according to Chief Financial Officer Amy Spera, which is an increase of $134,694, or 4.15 percent, compared to the previous year’s budget of $3,245,000.

Salaries and wages, which make up 18 percent of the overall water-and-sewer budget, will see a 3.04 percent increase from last year, totaling $603,375 compared to $585,550 in 2020.

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The other expenses line item of the water-and-sewer budget will increase by 0.79 percent, amounting to $545,065. The water-and-sewer debt service will increase by 0.14 percent, totaling $532,185 compared to $531,455 in 2020.

Thirty-nine percent of the budget accounts for South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] charges, which will increase by 9.24 percent. In 2021 SMRSA charges are estimated to total $1,247,189 compared to $1,141,669 in 2020.

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